The eighth annual TomatoFest will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Iron Barley. The event will feature a variety of tomato dishes, tomato dodge ball, tomato art and other tomato-related contests and activities, as well as a live auction at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds will go to support Lift for Life Gym. For more information, call 351-4500 or email

The eighth annual Downtown Restaurant Week is taking place Aug. 20 to Aug. 26, when 20 of the best downtown eating and drinking establishments will be offering special three-course dinner menus for a fixed price of $25 per person. Venues will be offering wine, cocktail and beer specials, as well. Patrons also will have the option of adding a $5 ‘extra helping’ to their bill to support Operation Food Search. Last year, the event raised almost $10,000 for the cause. For info and menu choices, go to

The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Heartland Second Annual Wing Ding is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Greensfelder Arena in Queeny Park. Twenty area restaurants will compete to see who has the best chicken wings, with proceeds to benefit UCP Heartland’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Tickets are $25 per person ($50 for VIP), and can be purchased by calling 636-779-2253 or online at

Congrats to chef CHRIS BORK at Blood & Sand! His recipe for lemongrass-basil sherbert apprears in the latest issue of Bon Apetit.

Gelateria Del Leone on South Grand Boulevard is in the process of expanding. The upstairs portion of the building, which used to be an apartment, is undergoing a renovation to add more seating, as well as provide a home for the restaurant’s coffee roasting operation. Look for the additional space to open up sometime in mid-August.

The new downtown location of Local Harvest Cafe will be hosting a Summer Social on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m., featuring a five-course meal served family-style. The price is $40, with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $15. Call 241-3196 for details and reservations.

L’Ecole Culinaire is presenting a special Summer Dinner With Wine at its Presentation Room Restaurant on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by L’Ecole students and overseen by chefs LAWRENCE HUTCHINSON and BRYON GRANT. Cost for the dinner is $65 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 587-2433.

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